Authorities say that a 3-year-old boy led sheriff’s deputies to the spot on a Louisiana beach where his mother and two sisters drowned.
Samantha Alexander took her four kids to Long Beach in Cameron Parish, Mississippi, on Sunday. They live in Ethel, Mississippi. The 28-year-old mother jumped into the water, supposedly to save her kids.
Her daughters, who were 7 and 8 years old, drowned. Her 9-year-old son was able to get out of the car and wave for help.
The 3-year-old boy was walking near a road when sheriff’s deputies saw him. He then led them to the water.
The Beach was Too Dangerous
Sheriff Ron Johnson told NOLA.com that the beach was too dangerous and that’s why people drowned there. The mother and her two daughters’ bodies were found about 100 feet apart.
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“The waves from the Gulf crash against the rocks, and that energy goes back out,” Johnson said. At the scene, the U.S. Coast Guard helped out the sheriff’s deputies.
“Those rocks are very hard to climb because they are slippery and covered with algae,” the sheriff said, adding that deputies had to use their hands and feet to get to the top.
Johnson also said that the beach was a long way from anywhere else.
“There aren’t many places to park or set up camp there,” he said. “I don’t blame anyone, but as sheriff, I wouldn’t want anyone to go where other people couldn’t see them.”
The 9-year-old son was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was treated for a short time and then sent home. Sheriff Johnson said that his father works for a plant that makes LNG in the Cameron Beach area.
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